I was obviously being phased out. Hickman, 74, died at St. John’s Hospital of natural causes, according to the Sangamon County coroner’s office. “He was like a father figure to me from the day he hired me. Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Despite leaving the daily news programs, Hickman retained his local celebrity status. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. var whichQuotation=Math.round(Math.random()*(Q-1)); I didn’t see this situation lasting very long.”. Contact var Quotation=new Array() // do not change this! “My time here has been filled with incredible people, unforgettable memories and stories I will always remember.”. "I love Springfield. We have plenty of experience here and I tell people I would rather hire people with good character and intelligence and good work ethic than necessarily experience.”. WICS owner Sinclair did not give her the chance to tell viewers goodbye. WICS has had other staff changes in the past year. // to increment the Quotation[x] index! In 2000, Hickman had been removed from the 6 p.m. newscast and moved to the noon anchor spot. Kwon, a native of Cypress, California, and broadcast communication graduate of Missouri State University, had worked at WJMN in Marquette, Michigan. Other recent departures include Jaclyn Driscoll, now with WUIS-NPR-Illinois … Facebook; Search for: WICS Newschannel 20 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Springfield and nearby towns and communities in the Decatur, and Champaign area, including Jacksonville, Taylorville, Lincoln, Petersburg, Pana, Effingham, Shelbyville, Beardstown, Carlinville, Litchfield and Hillsboro. It's been an amazing opportunity and I've really grown.". Digital access or digital and print delivery. Asked about the young staff of reporters now at the Springfield station, Lipps said, “I think age is not necessarily a determination of talent or drive or performance. Friends, I wanted to let you know that this page is closing. I am now the Marketing Manager for the Springfield Illinois Convention & Visitors Bureau. Nikki McGee moves to Nashville as a Breaking News Anchor from WICS in Springfield where she was a Reporter. Kwon’s parents and grandparents came to America from South Korea, where Ban had been foreign minister. “You can expect that as you mature in this business. Don Hickman, 74, the face of WICS Channel 20 for nearly three decades, died Saturday at St. John's Hospital of natural causes. Tommy Lopez moves across the country he has been named the new Weekend Anchor at KOB in Albuquerque, leaving WSLS in Roanoke where he was also a Weekend Anchor. “Being on TV, you don’t go anywhere without being recognized,” recalled longtime State Journal-Register columnist Toby McDaniel, a friend of Hickman. In August 2004, Hickman co-founded Springfield Scene Magazine, a glossy bi-monthly publication that focuses on social events and profiles of prominent local people. I am overjoyed at my new career and lifestyle change that promotes work life balance. Quotation [17] = " 'An insider newsy website' - Hoda Kotb" In addition to being WICS’s anchor and news director, from 1995 to early 2001 Hickman produced a series of 30-minute, in-depth news specials titled “The Don Hickman Journal.” The ABC station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, as is WRSP-Fox 55 in Springfield. The State Journal-Register ~ Street address: One Copley Plaza (corner of Ninth Street and Capitol Avenue), Springfield, ILMailing address: The State Journal-Register, P.O. I met a lot of wonderful people in Central Illinois and loved my time at NewsChannel 20. Quotation [14] = " 'FTVLive's Scott Jones one of the Most Important Media Reporters in America'- Mediaite" “They have forced me to be as credible as possible, as trustworthy as possible, and they deserve to have this city and the Statehouse covered the right way, and I hope that will continue.”. He moved to the morning show anchor position in January 2015. Among reporters who left were Jordan Abudayyeh, Lindsey Hess, Brendan Cullerton and Eric Feldman. Box 219, Springfield, IL 62705-0219 ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Cookie Policy ~ Do Not Sell My Personal Information ~ Privacy Policy ~ Terms Of Service ~ Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. “And that’s the nature of the business.”, "I'm really sad," Sullivan said. All rights reserved. // pattern, adding to the array. “He was the Walter Cronkite of central Illinois,” Gordon said. - Greta Van Susteren" Quotation[9] = "'FTVLive.com Scooped Everyone With News...' - About.com "; Thus Hickman developed one of the highest profiles of any public figure in central Illinois. Contact Bernard Schoenburg: bernard.schoenburg@sj-r.com, 788-1540, twitter.com/bschoenburg. // Do not change anything below this line Quotation[2] = "'The story first broke on FTVLive.com' - AP"; “He was well respectedand had made a tremendous impact on the city of Springfield,” Houston said Saturday. Former News Director Kent Harrell, now news director at CBS 58 in Milwaukee, was replaced in Springfield by Mike Truett. Quotation [12] = "'...has handed in his resignation, according to FTVLive.com' - TVNewser" Us      @2020 FTVLive.com For those of you who have sent me direct messages asking about my whereabouts because you have not seen me on the local evening newscasts, please know that this is the first time in my broadcasting career in which I was not given the opportunity to say goodbye. She has also anchored the 11 a.m. weekday news broadcasts, and she and Rife co-anchor "Good Day Illinois" from 7-8 a.m. weekdays on Fox 55. In the spring, he said, families picked strawberries. Though best known to most people in the Channel 20 viewing area as the station’s main news anchor from April 1972 to February 2001, Hickman also maintained a prominent public profile after leaving daily TV. // Free for all; but please leave in this header. Digital access or digital and print delivery. Hickman is survived by his wife, Betty, sons Todd and Barry Hickman and several grandchildren. He was a trusted news source, a good co-worker and just a very nice man. “I tried my best on all my stories.”. window._taboola = window._taboola || []; She took to social media to inform viewers of her life outside of news: showQuotation(); Viewers have been wondering what happened to WICS (Springfield) Anchor Maggie Poteau? One minute she's on the news, the next minute she's gone. In 2003, Hickman was a candidate for mayor but failed to reach the general election ballot when he finished fourth in a five-candidate primary. Hickman left WICS after delivering the noon newscast Feb. 27, 2001. I have been in the midst of a big transition. This is a real loss to the community.”. Enjoytraveler Enjoy your trip all around. I don’t want to say it was age discrimination, but obviously age is a factor,” Hickman said in an interview after signing off from his last newscast. Gatton anchors the Fox Springfield news at 5:30 and 9 pm. He signed on as the evening anchor at WICS on April 17, 1972. Quotation [20] = " ' ...first published by the website FTVLive' - The Hill" Well Poteau has left the station and TV news altogether. David Coy, who was a sports anchor and reporter, also has left the station. Quotation [11] = "'Scott Jones, whose FTVLive.com Web site broke the story...' - LA Daily News" Bernard Schoenburg The State Journal-Register @bschoenburg, Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Sullivan has a master’s degree in journalism from DePaul University in Chicago and worked in Chicago and Green Bay, Wis., before coming to Springfield. Digital access or digital and print delivery. He accepted an early retirement offering from Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Baltimore company that bought WICS in 1998. “He was the one you trusted and the one who gave the news to the area for almost 30 years. |   Quotation[8] = "'CNBC wanted a reaction to a story someone had seen on FTVLive' - Vanity Fair "; Paul Wappel, a former sports director at WICS, was hired by Hickman and also considered him a mentor. A native of rural Rutherford, Tenn., Hickman had a hardscrabble childhood in a place where children started working the fields in adolescence and the school schedule followed the crop schedule. WICS owner Sinclair did not give her the chance to tell viewers goodbye. Like many veteran news broadcasters, Hickman left the business at a time when large media companies had bought up smaller groups and, in many cases, made cost-cutting a priority. Job openings in Springfield include positions of multimedia journalist-reporter, sports reporter, anchor, chief photographer and director. Quotation [13] = " '(FTVLive) is a Mad Blogger'- Piers Morgan" “If he was in the grocery store shopping and someone came up to speak to him, he was always cordial. Quotation[7] = "'FTVLive Delivers some of the TV World's Biggest Scoops' - Tonawanda News "; Rick Lipps, general manager for WICS, did not comment on individuals. var Q = Quotation.length; // ============================================== Original content available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license, except where noted. He was never a high-hat or brushed people off. Quotation[6] = "'The site that everyone that works in TV News turns to...' - NPR "; // ====================================== “A BIG THANK YOU to all of my viewers, coworkers, friends and sources who have welcomed me to central Illinois a year and a half ago,” she wrote in a Nov. 16 Facebook post, a day before her final day at the station. I consider him a great friend and a great mentor. // To add more quotations, continue with the On April 4, 1968, Hickman, a reporter at the Memphis NBC affiliate, did the first television broadcast about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. // Set up the quotations to be shown, below. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); // ============================================== Quotation[4] = "'FTVLive a TV news website that is often on the money...' - LA Times"; But it was Hickman’s 29 years as the face of WICS’s newscasts for which he will be best remembered. “We’re committed to having a full staff here, and as people in this market or any market move on to bigger things or other seasons in their life, we are looking to replace” them, he said. Reger will co-anchor WICS-TV's newscasts at 6 and 10 p.m. with Stacey Skrysak and WRSP-TV's 9 p.m. news with Maggie Poteau. Quotation[5] = "'FTVLive was the first site to break the Jay Leno story' - KNX Radio";